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Olympics News Archive - August 2008

On this page we have archived news items from August 2008. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external sites and some of the pages on these sites may have been changed or removed since we added them here.

Waste not, want not
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today announced a new target to recycle or reuse 90 per cent of waste from the 'big build' phase of the project.
1st August 2008

Big screen to show Beijing Games
Shoppers and workers will be able to catch all the action from the Olympics Games via a big screen in the centre of Cardiff.
1st August 2008

Learning health lessons from Beijing
Over the next few days, thousands of athletes and spectators will fly out to Beijing for what is arguably the world's greatest sporting event - the Olympics.
2nd August 2008

Will Young to play Olympic party
Will Young, James Morrison and Scouting for Girls have signed up for London's Olympic Handover party.
4th August 2008

Exciting new acts join line-up for Visa London 2012 Party
Scouting for Girls plus Brit Award winners Will Young and James Morrison are the latest acts announced for the Visa London 2012 Party on Sunday 24 August.
4th August 2008

Blatter welcomes GB football team
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he would have no problems if Team GB were to field a football team in 2012 consisting of 11 English players.
4th August 2008

The 'big build' progresses on Stadium site
A dedicated area on the Stadium site is being used to create the 200 concrete structures that will support the Stadium's 25,000 permanent seats. Having the supports made on site will significantly reduce traffic on roads in and around the Olympic Park.
5th August 2008

GB 'to meet' Olympic medal target
Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe has told the BBC "it is vital" that Team GB reaches the target of 41 medals from the Beijing Olympics.
5th August 2008

Bellis prepares for Beijing start
Manx cyclist Jonny Bellis is one of the first British competitors in action at the Beijing Olympic Games on Saturday.
6th August 2008

GB will field 2012 team, says FA
The Football Association says Great Britain will have a team at London 2012 even if it does not have the backing of all the home nations.
6th August 2008

London 2012 tribute to Steve Parry
London 2012 has today issued a tribute to the highly respected former Reuters Sports Editor and IOC and London 2012 press operations adviser.
7th August 2008

Alternative games
(Audio) Ian MacMillan suggests some additions to the current 28 sports featured in the Olympics.
8th August 2008

Sing the Nation Olympic Games Handover: events in Glasgow
Sunday 24th August marked the handover of the Olympic Games to London, in preparation for 2012. To mark the occasion, an afternoon of events for all the family took place in George Square, Glasgow.
8th August 2008

Beijing Games kick off in spectacular style
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games got off to a spectacular start with a stunning Opening Ceremony at the Bird's Nest stadium. The ceremony included a unique mixture of new technology and performance on a massive scale.
8th August 2008

New Mountain Bike venue announced
Hadleigh Farm in Essex has been announced as the London 2012 venue for Mountain Biking. The venue was chosen after a change to the requirements for the sport meant that a more technical and challenging course was needed.
11th August 2008

Team GB celebrate first medals
Cyclist Nicole Cooke brought home the team's first medal of Beijing Games 2008 and Team GB's 200th gold medal from the modern Olympic Games. Welsh competitor Cooke powered her way to victory in the Women's Road Race.
12th August 2008

Transport improvements felt by 2010
Passengers will feel the benefits of improved transport services around the Olympic Park two years before the Games start.
12th August 2008

Artists shortlisted to work on Olympic Park
Eight artists have been shortlisted to develop artwork proposals for bridges and underpasses in the Olympic Park.
14th August 2008

Reviving music traditions for London 2012
Four years of cultural celebrations kick off this September in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. One of the events is a 'Bandstand Marathon' in Somerset.
14th August 2008

Pre-Games Training Camp Guide launches
The London 2012 online Pre-Games Training Camp Guide was launched yesterday at the British Ambassador's residence in Beijing.
15th August 2008

Flying the flag for London 2012
On 24 August, more than 400 flags will be raised the length and breadth of the United Kingdom to mark the moment we become the next host of the Summer Games.
15th August 2008

Olympic Dancer
It was not all about sport and medals at the Olympics as BBC spoke to a Guernsey girl who danced in the Beijing closing ceremony on Sunday 24 August.
15th August 2008

The Black Country's Paralympics hopeful
Halesowen's Paralympics tennis hopeful Jordanne Whiley is heading for Beijing. Rising tennis star Jordanne Whiley will be off to the Beijing Paralympics on August 29.
15th August 2008

From Miss Nobody to greatest British swimmer for 100 years
Rebecca Adlington won her second gold in the 800m final with a winning margin of more than six seconds - in a new world-record time of 8 minutes 14.1 seconds. It was a record which had stood for 19 years, the oldest record in the swimming book and she bro
16th August 2008

Ainslie claims third Olympic gold
Ben Ainslie kept US rival Zach Railey at bay to claim the third Olympic gold medal of his sailing career. Ainslie, 31, sailed sublimely in rough weather to win the Finn medal race and add to golds from Athens and Sydney.
17th August 2008

London to launch 2012 mascot (Media)
(Audio/video) London has been preparing to launch Britain's 2012 mascot as official Olympic merchandise attracts big trade at the Games in Beijing.
18th August 2008

New artists and hosts announced for Olympic Handover Celebrations
Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Heather Small and the cast of 'We Will Rock You' are the latest to be announced in the line-up for the Visa London 2012 Party on The Mall this Sunday - part of the UK-wide Olympic Handover Celebrations.
18th August 2008

Phelps to attend London handover
Record-breaking gold medal winner Michael Phelps will take part in Sunday's Olympic handover celebrations in London.
18th August 2008

Olympic Games Handover: events in Glasgow
Sunday 24th August marked the handover of the Olympic Games to London, in preparation for 2012. To mark the occasion, an afternoon of events for all the family took place in George Square, Glasgow.
18th August 2008

Uniting Britain ahead of London 2012
Whether or not a typically precipitous British summer will give any of our Olympians an advantage in 2012 is unknown, but our competitors being spurred on by adoring passionate British support is surely to give them an extra boost.
18th August 2008

Scotland wins elite swim centre
The University of Stirling is to become a base for elite swimmers ahead of the 2012 Olympics in London, it has been announced.
19th August 2008

Work starts on Energy Centre site
Work started on site this week on the new Energy Centre in the west of the Olympic Park. The Centre will provide efficient power, heating and cooling systems for venues across the Park.
19th August 2008

Olympic Handover
The UK's Olympiad has begun with a series of special events around the country. At 2.30pm on Sunday 24 August Handover Flags were raised at venues across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
19th August 2008

Tourism needs Olympic boost (Media)
(Audio/video) The government has been criticised for not doing enough to support tourism as attention focuses on how London will gain in 2012.
19th August 2008

Heroes parade for Beijing 2008 athletes
Mayor of London Boris Johnson, together with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association, announced the parade to welcome the Beijing 2008 medal winners back to the UK. It will take place on Thursday 16 October 2008.
19th August 2008

Cycle centre 'first 2012 legacy'
The £4.5m Redbridge Cycling Centre replaces the Eastway Cycle Circuit in east London which the developers say is the "first piece of physical sporting legacy" linked to the 2012 Olympics.
19th August 2008

2012 Olympics start here!
On Sunday 24 August, towns across Shropshire will be marking the official handover of the Olympic baton from Beijing to London.
20th August 2008

Londoners make way for 2012 (Media)
(Audio/video) As the face of London changes in preparation for 2012, there is inevitable disruption for those living nearby.
20th August 2008

Map to attract tourists to London
A map of London imposed on to planet Earth will be used to promote the city in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics.
20th August 2008

Recruitment drive for 2012 (Media)
(Audio/video) Organisers of the Olympics for London in 2012 have been looking at how China has utilised the assistance of 75,000 volunteers.
20th August 2008

Weale dreaming of medal for twin
Bristol City goalkeeper Chris Weale is planning a late night to cheer on twin brother Sam at the Olympics. Sam is set to compete in the modern pentathlon on Thursday, starting at 0130 BST, and Chris told BBC Radio Bristol he is hoping for a medal.
20th August 2008

Red Arrows to top off Olympic Handover celebrations
The Red Arrows will perform a spectacular fly by at the Visa London 2012 Party on Sunday, marking the moment the Olympic Games are officially handed over from Beijing.
20th August 2008

Putting on the perfect games (Media)
(Audio/video) In Beijing, 2012 Chairman Lord Coe and organisers of the London Olympics are working out how to put on the perfect games.
21st August 2008

2012 logo with union flag makeover Olympic Handover Day
Sunday 24th August was Olympic Handover Day. The Beijing Olympics came to an end and the flag was folded up and ceremoniously handed to Boris Johnson as the run up to the London 2012 games officially began.
21st August 2008

Master plan for London 2012 (Media)
BBC London talks to Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell about the master plan for London's 2012 Games.
21st August 2008

Are the Olympic Boroughs on Track? (Media)
(Audio/video) As London becomes Olympic Host City, everyone knows some Londoners stand to gain far more than others from 2012. The 5 Olympic Boroughs are awash with expectation, and with four years to go, are they set to deliver?
21st August 2008

Sponsors sought to plug 2012 gap
The government has announced plans to step up the drive for private sponsors to cover a £79m sports funding gap ahead of the 2012 Games.
21st August 2008

Fox-Pitt looking ahead to London
British equestrian star William Fox-Pitt has set his sights on a complete Olympic medal collection and aims to be going for gold at the London Games in 2012.
21st August 2008

2012 Features - "London can set an example for the Games"
Shaun McCarthy is one visitor to the Beijing Games who has more important matters on his mind than the triumphs & disasters of mere sporting competition. As Chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, he has an eye on a far greater prize.
22nd August 2008

Boris Johnson in Beijing (Media)
(Video) Mayor Boris Johnson is in Beijing to receive the Olympic flag that will mark the handover to London as the next host city.
22nd August 2008

Olympic handover in Swindon
Swindon joins the network of giant screens across the UK celebrating the Olympic handover. The UK's largest ever permanent network of giant screens will be joining in London's Olympic handover party and celebrations on Sunday 24 August.
22nd August 2008

Dancers prepare for ceremony
(Video) Dancers from Zoo Nation make last minute preparations for the Olympic Games handover ceremony in Beijing.
22nd August 2008

UK ready for Handover
Millions of people around the UK will celebrate the moment the Olympic Games are officially handed over from Beijing to London, on Sunday 24 August.
22nd August 2008

Scott eyes medal at London 2012
21-year-old Bristol sprinter Ryan Scott has got his sights firmly set on a medal at London 2012.
22nd August 2008

2012 Games 'will be under budget'
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has told the BBC he is "absolutely determined" the 2012 Olympics will cost less than the current £9.3bn budget.
23rd August 2008

Handover: minute by minute
Read the latest on the UK's big day as we become the official hosts of the next Summer Olympic Games.
24th August 2008

Handover stars gather in Beijing
The stars of the London 2012 Handover show gathered last night in Beijing. Footballer David Beckham, singer Leona Lewis and rock legend Jimmy Page will lead London's eight-minute performance during the Beijing Opening Ceremony.
24th August 2008

'Whole lotta love' from London 2012 to the world
A red double-decker bus, three gold medal winning cyclists, footballer David Beckham and musicians Jimmy Page and Leona Lewis all featured in a spectacular show to mark the handover of the Olympic flag from Beijing to London.
24th August 2008

Olympic flag handover celebrated
The official handover of the Olympics to London is being celebrated throughout Kent. An Olympic Handover flag was raised in several towns as part of the national events to mark the end of this year's Beijing games.
24th August 2008

London takes over as Olympic host
London has received the Olympic flag to signal the start of its reign as Olympic host city and spark wild celebrations in the capital.
24th August 2008

In pictures: UK parties for 2012
Thousands gathered outside Buckingham Palace to celebrate London becoming the official Olympic city. They watched events in Beijing, where London had an eight-minute slot at the closing ceremony.
24th August 2008

Olympic flag handover celebrated
The official handover of the Olympics to London has been celebrated throughout Sussex. An Olympic Handover flag was raised in several venues as part of the national events to mark the end of this year's Beijing games.
24th August 2008

Wales joins Olympic celebrations
Cities and towns throughout Wales have joined celebrations marking the end of the Beijing Olympics and the handover of the games to London in 2012.
24th August 2008

County marking Olympic handover
Celebrations are being held in Lincoln to mark the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic games and the handover for the London 2012 event. Demonstrations and a procession will take place in the city square.
24th August 2008

Pier flies Olympic handover flag
The Weston Grand Pier in Somerset, has played a role in the Olympic handover. The pier in Weston-super-Mare was selected as one of the sites to fly a special Olympic handover flag to mark London as the 2012 games host.
24th August 2008

Olympic handover on highest peak
Mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington has flown the Olympic flag at the summit of England's highest peak - marking the handover for London 2012.
24th August 2008

Where Britain's medals will be won
Team GB have had their most successful Olympics for 100 years - and are currently sitting fourth in the medal table behind Russia.
24th August 2008

Taekwondo to adopt new technology
Taekwondo will use an electronic protector system and video replays at London 2012 in a bid to avoid the Beijing judging controversies.
25th August 2008

Sing the Nation Olympic Games Handover: events in Glasgow
Sunday 24th August marked the handover of the Olympic Games to London, in preparation for 2012. To mark the occasion, an afternoon of events for all the family took place in George Square, Glasgow.
25th August 2008

UK unites to celebrate Handover
Over 200,000 people came together at venues around the UK to mark the moment the Games were handed over from Beijing to London.
25th August 2008

Ross raises the Olympic flag
The Olympic flag is raised at Ross-on-Wye, during the rowing club's regatta. An Olympic medalist and a would-be winner in 2012 were on hand for the ceremony.
26th August 2008

Power firm wins new Olympic deal
Aggreko, a Glasgow-based company has won a deal to provide power for the construction of the London 2012 Olympic Village.
26th August 2008

Olympic Stadium begins to take shape
New images released by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) show the structure of the Olympic Stadium beginning to take shape.
26th August 2008

Olympic handover flag is hoisted
North Wiltshire District Council has celebrated the countdown to the 2012 Olympic games in London, by raising a special flag.
26th August 2008

Olympic Handover Day
Sunday 24th August was Olympic Handover Day. The Beijing Olympics came to an end and the flag was folded up and ceremoniously handed to Boris Johnson as the run up to the London 2012 games officially began.
26th August 2008

Holding Olympic 'culture' baton
A correspondent says, Team GB are be riding the crest of their accumulative medal wave, so selling the idea of London 2012 as the ultimate in sporting events should be relatively easy.
26th August 2008

Olympic handover events
As Beijing passes the Olympic flag over to London ahead of 2012, events around the county mark the moment, including a giant beach party in Weymouth.
26th August 2008

The London 2012 Olympic flag is raised Olympic handover events
As Beijing passes the Olympic flag over to London ahead of 2012, events around the county mark the moment, including a giant beach party in Weymouth.
26th August 2008

London takes over as Olympic host
(Video - London 2012's Olympic preview) London has received the Olympic flag to signal the start of its reign as Olympic host city and spark wild celebrations in the capital. An eight-minute handover presentation, featuring a red double-decker bus, footba
26th August 2008

Scots' return 'overwhelmed' Hoy
Triple gold medallist Chris Hoy has said he was "overwhelmed" by the reception on his return to Scotland, as 50,000 lined Edinburgh's Royal Mile. An open-top bus carrying the four Scots who won medals at the Olympics made its way from a special reception
27th August 2008

Local heroes: Mapping GB's gold medallists
Each time a British athlete climbs to the top of the podium in Beijing, the proudest fans are those who can acclaim them as a home town hero, having followed their journey to Olympic success since childhood.
27th August 2008

Clewlow may continue until 2012
Canterbury's Mel Clewlow has said she may delay her retirement from international hockey for the chance to play at the London Olympics in 2012. At 32, Clewlow is the oldest member of the Great Britain squad, having made her England debut in 1996.
27th August 2008

Scots' return 'overwhelmed' Hoy
Triple gold medallist Chris Hoy has said he was "overwhelmed" by the reception on his return to Scotland, as 50,000 lined Edinburgh's Royal Mile. She admitted that the prospect of the 2012 Games was a "draw".
27th August 2008

Olympic sailors honoured at club
Gold medallists Ben Ainslie and Pippa Wilson and silver medallist Nick Rogers, three of Team GB's medal-winning Olympic sailors were guests of honour at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, Hampshire.
27th August 2008

Barnes wants gold in London 2012
Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes has said that he is aiming to bring home a "better coloured medal" from the 2012 Olympics in London.
27th August 2008

Gold medal rower hints at London
Rower Steve Williams has hinted he may look to complete a personal hat-trick of Olympic gold medals at London 2012.
28th August 2008

2012 students say yes to sport
National Sport Week, which kicked off on 30 June 2008, aims to increase the amount of sport children do a week. It also celebrates children's achievements in sport at school over the past year.
1st September 2008

Panners go for gold to make medal
Volunteers hope to find enough gold from a Highlands river to make a medal for the London Olympics in 2012.
1st September 2008

Medal hopefuls at Paralympics
(Video) The Paralympic Games begins on 6 September and wheelchair athlete David Weir, from London, is aiming for a big medal haul.
1st September 2008

Fire show to mark 2012 torch bid
The sky around Dover is to be lit up in recognition of the Kent campaign to get the Olympic torch relay to enter the UK through the port.
1st September 2008

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